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American Idol: California Dreaming

Los Angeles : CA : USA | May 09, 2012 at 9:47 PM PDT
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American Idol Season 11 Top Four Perform commentary The Big Topic California Dreaming

This week on “American Idol” it’s the final four and one week short of the semi finals. The singers must bring everything they have and make no mistakes if they want a chance at the finals and the title of the Next “American Idol” and the big prize of $100,000 and a recording contract.

This week’s themes are California Dreaming and songs the Idols wish they had written.

First up was Phillip Phillips minus his guitar with “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by the Credence Clearwater Revival. Steven said Phillip, “was living proof the road to success is always under construction.” Jennifer noted that Phillip had a Joe Cocker quality to his voice and it was perfect for the song. Randy said that it started out a little rough but by the time he reached the first chorus Phillip was right on the money and it was sensational.

Next up Hollie Cavanagh performed “Faithfully” by the San Francisco band Journey – a band head judge Randy Jackson has performed with. Randy said it was a really good performance and Journey lead singer Steve Perry would be proud. Jennifer said that Hollie showed such confidence and the performance was very beautiful. Steven said that he watched Hollie blossom and once again the song was over the top and beautiful.

Joshua dedicated his performance to his father – a preacher – of “Your Raise Me Up” made popular by Josh Groban but written and first recorded by the new age duo Secret Garden. Jennifer noted that it is getting interesting with the four amazing singers remaining; adding that it was another great performance from Joshua and really, really good. Steven said that he was glad Joshua got on the plane; adding that Joshua sang his tuchas off. Randy said that he is excited to hear everything Joshua sings; adding that Joshua has a great career ahead of him.

The last performance in round one was from California native Jessica channeling the great Etta James with “Steal Away”. Jennifer called the performance crazy and Jessica is one of the best singers she has seen. Steven loved it; adding Jessica showed another side of herself. Randy loved the whole vibe of the performance; adding that Jessica can sing anything.

Phillip and Joshua team up once again to perform a duet of “This Love” by Adam Levine and Maroon 5. Steven said it was the best song, best vocal, best duet, and a perfect performance. Jennifer agreed that it was the perfect song for the boy; adding that the pair, though so different, together was an unexpected treat. Randy agreed that it was a great song; adding the boys brought a little something else to the song and it sounded amazing.

It’s the girls turn to perform a duet and sang “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles. Randy thought the performance was a little strange and didn’t like it; adding that he thought it was weird and not the best performance from either girl. Jennifer said it was as bad as all that; adding the girls had strength and power. During part of the performance the girls were on swings suspended from the ceiling; while the judges were talking the guys ended up on the swings.

All the Idols performed the Foreigner hit “Waiting for You”.

Phillip picked his guitar up to kick off round two with a performance of “Volcano” by Damian Rice. Steven said that he heard the musician in Phillip. Steven said Phillip sang it like he dug it and it was the kind of song her could listen to in headphones over and over. Jennifer noted that few people could pull that performance off; saying it was a real testament to who Phillip really is and a poignant moment. Randy said that’s what it’s all about and it was one of Phillip’s best performances all season.

Hollie performed “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. Steven said he felt the dynamics were a little short. Jennifer noted that Hollie’s vocals were off a bit and Randy said that Hollie needs moments and although it was a great song, it wasn’t the right song at the right time.

This round Joshua sang for his mom saying that he knew his dad wouldn’t be the man he was without his mom. Taking on the godfather of soul James Brown, Joshua performed “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Mans’ World”. Mentor Jimmy Iovine called Joshua’s rehearsals incredible. Randy Jackson led the standing ovation at the end of the performance; Jennifer was even bowing to Joshua. Steven said that neither man or woman had ever performed the song with as much passion as Joshua; adding that he had never heard anything like that in his life. Jennifer said that anyone who thought they had seen everything Joshua had to give was wrong. Jennifer added that Joshua performed with heart and passion and now she understands what it means when they say went to church. Randy said Joshua delivered them and he got religion; adding that it was the best performance of ANY singing competition EVER!.

The final song of the night was from Jessica Sanchez with a performance of a song from the movie “Dreamgirls” – “And I’m Telling You” by the award winning Idol alum Jennifer Hudson. The judges were on their feet for a second time. Steven called it another winning performance. Jennifer noted that it was going to be a real race to the finish; adding that Jessica’s vocal ability was something not seen all the time and it was a real moment. Randy said that Jessica, Joshua, and Phillip were in it to win it; adding that Jessica slayed it and the performance was phenomenal.

On results night season seven winner David Cook returns, Idol judge Jennifer Lopez performs, and one singer will be eliminated one week shy of the Idol trips home.

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Sherrill Fulghum is based in Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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